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    Hey guys just a quick question:

    If I've done C1-C4, FP1-FP3, S1-S2, M1-M4 then presumably I could and probably should attempt STEP II core, mechanics and stats questions right? Is it better to practice all of them than simply focus on the pure side of things? What are your experiences?

    And in STEP III I won't be able to attempt the stats questions but should I again try practice core and mechanics rather than just focusing on the core questions?

    I know the pure maths questions are generally much more popular but would you advise attempting - or at least practicing - a range of questions.

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by Thrug)
    Hey guys just a quick question:

    If I've done C1-C4, FP1-FP3, S1-S2, M1-M4 then presumably I could and probably should attempt STEP II core, mechanics and stats questions right? Is it better to practice all of them than simply focus on the pure side of things? What are your experiences?

    And in STEP III I won't be able to attempt the stats questions but should I again try practice core and mechanics rather than just focusing on the core questions?

    I know the pure maths questions are generally much more popular but would you advise attempting - or at least practicing - a range of questions.

    Thanks.
    I would do all the questions to practice. In the actual STEP exam, the applied questions were actually easier then the pure so I was able to answer those ok. But my pure messed up my mark
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    (Original post by Thrug)
    I know the pure maths questions are generally much more popular but would you advise attempting - or at least practicing - a range of questions.
    Yes. It's certainly worth practicing a range of questions; if you decide you can't ever get any applied out fair enough, but you should give it a go first.

    As far as stats in STEP III; usually one question is reasonably accessible using only S1 and S2. I have generally advised people that it's not worth the effort of covering S3 and S4 in order to be able to do all the STEP III stats. However, having now looked at the actual specification, there's not really that much you need to do cover what they ask for in STEP III, so it may be worth doing if you generally like stats.
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    It all looks so intimidating... I don't even know where to start
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    (Original post by TheJ0ker)
    It all looks so intimidating... I don't even know where to start
    STEP I 2007 was a fairly nice paper, so I'd imagine it'd be a good one to start with. Similarly, the STEP I 2010 paper might be a worthwhile starting position so perhaps try one of those first? Almost everyone is intimidated at first but if you stick at it, your confidence is likely to build and then it becomes enjoyable.
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    should start STEP this week.....planning to do a bit everyday =)
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    (Original post by Farhan.Hanif93)
    STEP I 2007 was a fairly nice paper, so I'd imagine it'd be a good one to start with. Similarly, the STEP I 2010 paper might be a worthwhile starting position so perhaps try one of those first? Almost everyone is intimidated at first but if you stick at it, your confidence is likely to build and then it becomes enjoyable.
    Should I just dive into past papers or is there something I can read to help start me off and learn the required techniques?
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    (Original post by TheJ0ker)
    Should I just dive into past papers or is there something I can read to help start me off and learn the required techniques?
    How much A-Level maths do you know? If you know C1-C4 then you should have the knowledge to attempt all STEP I and II pure questions. The best way to learn the techniques is to figure them out for yourself whilst solving problems. When I started STEP, I literally just started doing questions from the papers.

    Perhaps spend a week or so on your first paper. It may take you an hour or two to do your first problem so stick at it, it gets easier.

    Others use the Siklos Booklet, which is just a collection of questions from the past papers with solutions at the end and commentary. One thing that is to be seriously discouraged is looking at the solution without giving the question A LOT of thought.

    Useful sources: All STEP papers since 1987
    Official STEP website (where you can find the Siklos Booklet)
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    yeah I know all the core modules, and M1 and most of M2 so I probably start trying some of the applied questions too. I will have a look at the 2007 paper tonight and try and solve all the pure questions in a week or so. Thanks for the link I will definitely have a look through :gah:
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    We don't have to put STEP/AEA down on our UCAS do we? I noticed with Warwick if you're going to accept their offer then you need to tell them which ones you're doing but I'm fairly certain they give you the standard offers regardless of whether they see STEP down on your UCAS - can anyone confirm this?
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    (Original post by Thrug)
    We don't have to put STEP/AEA down on our UCAS do we? I noticed with Warwick if you're going to accept their offer then you need to tell them which ones you're doing but I'm fairly certain they give you the standard offers regardless of whether they see STEP down on your UCAS - can anyone confirm this?
    I didn't mentioned which papers I was taking on UCAS and this didn't seem to cause any problems. They don't expect you to know what STEP papers you're going to take at this stage.
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    (Original post by Farhan.Hanif93)
    I didn't mentioned which papers I was taking on UCAS and this didn't seem to cause any problems. They don't expect you to know what STEP papers you're going to take at this stage.
    Ok thanks. I just got a bit worried because Bath give A*AA or A*AB +2/M as you probably know but I just heard back from them and they've only given me A*AA. Not sure whether this is always what they give or I have to tell them if I'm going to do STEP if I want the offer including STEP as well. Did you get both offers on your UCAS?

    Don't think it will matter though and I can always tell them I've done STEP/AEA if I miss the first offer but make the second.
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    (Original post by Thrug)
    Ok thanks. I just got a bit worried because Bath give A*AA or A*AB +2/M as you probably know but I just heard back from them and they've only given me A*AA. Not sure whether this is always what they give or I have to tell them if I'm going to do STEP if I want the offer including STEP as well. Did you get both offers on your UCAS?

    Don't think it will matter though and I can always tell them I've done STEP/AEA if I miss the first offer but make the second.
    They may have changed the offer. My offer was a bit weird though since I had done STEP already; they asked me to email them proof of my STEP result and then gave me an offer of AB.

    Email them, though, if you need any clarification.
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    (Original post by Farhan.Hanif93)
    They may have changed the offer. My offer was a bit weird though since I had done STEP already; they asked me to email them proof of my STEP result and then gave me an offer of AB.

    Email them, though, if you need any clarification.
    How did you prove your STEP result by the way? Did you email them a pdf version of the certificate or something?
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    (Original post by Beth1234)
    How did you prove your STEP result by the way? Did you email them a pdf version of the certificate or something?
    Scanned in a certificate on request and uploaded it to an "application tracker" on their site.
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    can you receive both an A-level offer and a STEP offer? just in case you don't make the A level offer etc

    e.g. imperial computing: A*AA, or an alternative STEP offer.

    can I have both the A level offer of A*AA and the alt STEP offer?

    thanks

    edit: quote me please
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    (Original post by Ilyas)
    can you receive both an A-level offer and a STEP offer? just in case you don't make the A level offer etc

    e.g. imperial computing: A*AA, or an alternative STEP offer.

    can I have both the A level offer of A*AA and the alt STEP offer?

    thanks

    edit: quote me please
    Only Bath operate this 'dual-offer' system, as far as I'm aware.
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    (Original post by Farhan.Hanif93)
    Scanned in a certificate on request and uploaded it to an "application tracker" on their site.
    Ah, that's good... because I never saved a pdf copy, only printed a paper one

    Not that it really matters though - I'm not applying to Bath, and without doubt Warwick will ask me to do it again!
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    Who agrees that the STEP timetable should be changed so that we couild sit STEP I in january, and STEP II and III in june??
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    (Original post by bl14786)
    Who agrees that the STEP timetable should be changed so that we couild sit STEP I in january, and STEP II and III in june??
    errrm, why?

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